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Thomas Sedgwick was born in the Parish of St Peters, Preston in 1889.

On 3rd August 1914 Thomas re-enlisted for four years service in the Territorial Force at Preston. He was 25 years old and had previously served with the 4th Battalion for four years, having just completed his original term of service.

Thomas stated he was unemployed at the time of his re-enlistment, he was married and lived at 194 Aquaduct Street, Preston.

On 4th May 1915, Thomas sailed with the 1/4th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment to France.

In August 1915 Thomas was involved in an accident in the transport lines whilst the Battalion was in the trenches. A medical officers report and court of enquiry was requested. It was suggested 93 Pte T. Sedgwick had sustained ‘self-inflicted’ wounds. The reply back from Lt & Adj Duckworth stated that it was not a self inflicted wound, ‘he was wounded by another man using a mallet’. This appears to have been 1614 Pte R.S. Riley. Thomas was invalided to Queen Mary’s Military Hospital, Whalley, England on 15th August 1915.

As soon as he was fit, he had seven days leave, then sailed back to France.

Private Thomas Sedgwick was killed in action on 9th September 1916.

At 16:45hrs on 9th September 1916 the 1/4th Battalion was part of an attack launched by XIV Corps. 164th Bde (including B and C Companies of 1/4th LNL) were to attack and take a line of trenches that ran between Ginchy and Delville Wood. The plan was to ‘go over the top’ and take Hop Alley and then Ale Alley. Hop Alley was taken, but Ale Alley wasn’t reached due to the intensity of the enemy machine-gun fire. The attackers fell back to their original line.

The casualties were heavy, 24 men killed including Second Lieutenants W. E. Pyke and E. F. Falby. There were also 125 men wounded; and a further 79 men missing, many were later also identified as having been killed.

Private Sedgwick’s body was never recovered.

The following article was published in the Preston Guardian;


Thomas’ widow was awarded a pension of 13/- a week for herself and their one child. This came in effect in March 1917.

Thomas Sedgwick is named on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing. For his war service his wife received his 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. She would also receive the Memorial Plaque and Scroll in recognition of her husband’s sacrifice.

Rank: Private
Service No: 93
Date of Death: 09/09/1916
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.

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